How To Speak Hairdresser
For years, I often wondered if I spoke the same language as people that worked in hair salons. Turns out I didn’t! My horror story was when I was in my early 20’s, thought I ruled the world and had the confidence of the next big thing…..no seriously, I was going to be famous one day. Anyway…I made an appointment at a very posh highly known (worldwide) salon. I asked for the Rachel Cut, who remembers the famous Rachel cut from the 90’s? I walked out with a very short haircut, bearing in mind I had mermaid length hair! I smiled, paid my bill, walked out the salon and had the biggest breakdown ever! Ok so my hair grew back, but from that point I made sure I spoke the language of hairdresser. I’ve put together some of the top requests asked for everyday at Tana-B …..and it look like this…..
When asking for Highlights with a sun kissed look
Everyone wants natural sun kissed hair, so when asking for highlights you need to say to your stylist:
Balayage highlights that are hand painted on. This gives the colourist the chance to pick the areas that the sun would naturally lighten all ready for that sun kissed look you wanted
When asking Balayage, Ombre or Lowlights
You are liking the two-tone hair colour that seems to be a forever trend now:
What you are asking for is correct, but some people don’t know the difference, so instead ask for what you want, for example: lighter ends, blonde tones etc. Pictures always help a colourist with your colour goals.
When asking for a choppy cut
When you want something that’s messy but neat enough for work and not like you have just woken up
Ask your stylist for something easy, but also could look neat and sophisticated for an evening out. Ask about what products you can use to achieve that messy look such as Dry Wax or Playable Texture by KMS
When asking for Layers
You want something with movement, maybe something that gives volume?
All depends on your hair type (this is interesting), if your hair is blocky with no movement, ask for shorter layers, if your hair is flat and lifeless, ask for weight to be removed. For fine hair, don’t have too many layers, otherwise this will make your hair thinner. Thick hair types will need shorter layers, and some weight removed and same for curly hair to encourage the curl.
When asking for full fringe
You want something cool and choppy, you want BANGS!
Ask for a thick feathery finish, and again a picture is great for your stylist!
When asking for a trim
You are thinking something very minimal, something that only you notice but you’re also growing it
The best translation for this, is showing your hairdresser how much you want off. The key is showing them when your hair is dry as it will appear shorter once it’s dry.
When asking for a bouncy blow dry with some volume
You want something that looks red carpet red, but not TOWIE gone wrong!
Ask your stylist for natural movement and bounce. Your hair will feel full of body but not like it has been set. Tell your hairdresser where you’re going so they can visualise the vibe.
All these translations are a hairdresser’s main language! You have now had your first lesson. I always support all my hair changes with pictures as they are a massive help for your stylist to understand the look you want to achieve. Tana and her team are always here to make you look and feel fabulous, no matter what the language.
The key is a good consultation, which should always take place before a stylist has even picks up their scissors. Why not pop in for a free consultation!